Publishing Books Using XML Technologies
Dr. Herong Yang, Version 4.01

Formatting XSL-FO Files to PDF Files Using FOP

This section provides an example of formatting an XSL-FO file to a PDF file with FOP.

Let's format hello.fo into a PDF file with the following command:

fop -fo hello.fo -pdf hello.pdf

You should see the following on the screen:

[INFO] Using org.apache.xerces.parsers.SAXParser as SAX2 Parser
[INFO] FOP 0.20.5rc2
[INFO] Using org.apache.xerces.parsers.SAXParser as SAX2 Parser
[INFO] building formatting object tree
[INFO] setting up fonts
[INFO] [1]
[INFO] Parsing of document complete, stopping renderer

Now if you open the output file, hello.pdf, with Adobe Acrobat Reader, you should see the greeting message, "Hello world!", showing at the top left corner of the page. This is great. I am starting to like FOP now.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Ideas on Publishing Books using XML

 Overview of hyPub - A Simple XML Publishing Tool

 Writing Book Contents in XHTML Source Files

 Transforming Book Source Files with XSL Technology

 Designing Web Page Layouts with Tables

 Controlling Web Page Appearance with CSS

 Sharing HTML Codes with JavaScript Files

 Generating Web Pages with hyPub

Formatting Printable Documents with XSL-FO

 What Is XSL-FO (XSL Formatting Objects)

 Example of XSL-FO Document - hello.fo

 Installing Apache FOP - XSL-FO Processor

 Formatting XSL-FO Files to Text Files Using FOP

Formatting XSL-FO Files to PDF Files Using FOP

 Formatting XML Files to PDF Files with XSLT

 Tranforming XML Files with XSLT Stylesheets

 Generating PDF Documents with hyPub

 Areas of Future Improvements

 References

 PDF Printing Version

Dr. Herong Yang, updated in 2007
Formatting XSL-FO Files to PDF Files Using FOP